Karen Blixen is a historical restaurant-bar situated in the city's heart, occupying the square of the Galana Center. Also known as "elephant bar" for the big concrete elephant with its raised trunk greeting passers by on Lamu Road, Malindi's most lively restaurant and shopping area. The restaurant's name refers to the Countess Karen Dinesen Christence, a Danish author best known for Out of Africa, her account of living in Kenya, and one of her stories, Babette's Feast, both of which have been adapted into highly acclaimed, Academy Award-winning motion pictures. The Karen Blixen is the meeting place of Italian tourists and residents who can not give up a breakfast of biscuits (prepared by the pastry) and a good espresso (Italian coffee Palombini). It is not just a bar but a restaurant that offers its customers an excellent Italian cuisine. For the 2010/2011 season a whole evening dedicated to the Swahili cuisine.